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February 2, 2016

Ultimate Test Drive Video: Caterpillar CT680L

The new axle-forward CT680L version of Caterpillar's Cat Truck is a work truck, make no mistake – but Cat's approach is obviously that drivers shouldn't suffer for their craft. In this Ultimate Test Drive video, Equipment Editor Jim Park shares his impressions.

January 29, 2016

Test Drive: Nissan Titan XD's a Big Leap Forward

The beefed-up chassis puts the new truck between ½-ton and ¾-ton pickups, but the star for now is Cummins power.

December 30, 2015

Heavy Duty Trucking's Top 5 Videos of 2015

With the Ultimate Test Drive series, featuring tests of 2015's newest trucks, and our Focus On... Series, HDT produced original videos made for the people who live and breathe trucking.

December 18, 2015

Test Drive: New MX-11 Engine Performs for Peterbilt

Truckers who used to crave a long-nose Pete with a big-bore engine might be surprised by Paccar’s new smaller powerhouse.

December 17, 2015

Testing Out Dana's Dual Range Disconnect [Video]

First revealed at the Mid-America Trucking Show in March, Dana's Dual Range Disconnect drive axle system gives users the fuel savings of a downsped 6x2 drivetrain and the traction and performance of a conventional 6x4 setup. How's that possible you ask?

December 3, 2015

Ultimate Test Drive Video: Kenworth T880 Part 3

We check out Kenworth's T880 and do a walk around examining the design changes inside and out on the company's new vocational workhorse in part 3 of our Ultimate Test Drive Video. Check out Part 1 and Part 2.

November 18, 2015

Kenworth's Rock-Solid T880

The T880 was introduced a few years ago but in just six short months, orders for the new vocational platform overtook its worthy predecessor, the T800. In the heavy duty market, that's quite remarkable.

November 16, 2015

Ultimate Test Drive Video: Kenworth T880 Part 2

In Part 2 of this Ultimate Test Drive, Equipment Editor Jim Park puts a loaded Kenworth T880 dump truck through its paces on the rugged terrain at the Eaton track. 

November 12, 2015

Ultimate Test Drive Video: Kenworth T880 Part 1

Kenworth introduced the T880 in March of 2013, and it would not be a stretch to say it took the industry by storm. In this video, Equipment Editor Jim Park takes the T880 for a spin in a relatively tame environment. 

October 23, 2015

TransPower's Totally Electric Class 8 Tractor [Video]

True zero-emissions freight transportation is closer to reality than you might think. A California-based technology company called TransPower USA has five Class 8 tractors in service now working out of the Port of Long Beach. Jim Park takes one for a drive in this Focus On... video.

October 22, 2015

Focus On... TransPower's Electric Class 8 Tractor [Video]

True zero-emissions freight transportation is closer to reality than you might think. We recently had a opportunity to test drive one, a TransPower electric Class 8 truck, and found it to be a very functional alternative to a diesel tractor.

October 8, 2015

Test Driving the Paccar MX-11 Engine

We got a sneak preview of the MX-11 in a Kenworth T880 dump truck while at the Eaton Proving Grounds in Marshall Michigan - the one with the dirt track with grades of 20% and worse.

October 7, 2015

Focus On... Paccar's New MX-11 Engine [Video]

There's a new engine in Paccar's MX lineup. New to North America, but with several years of experience under the big DAF cabs in Europe, the 11-liter MX-11 is well suited for many Kenworth and Peterbilt vocational and P&D customers.

August 27, 2015

Test Drive: Ford Transit Van

A dual-turbo V-6 makes Ford’s new Euro-style cargo van fast, while the large unibody provides a lot of cargo space.

August 21, 2015

QuickSpin: Mack's mDrive HD

What’s better than an mDrive automated manual transmission if you’re running Mack dump or mixer trucks? An mDrive HD, for (extra) heavy duty, the company says. Senior Editor Tom Berg's driving impressions.

July 28, 2015

Test Drive: Caterpillar CT680 Tractor

This long-hooded model with forward-set steer axle is the nicest-driving Cat Truck yet.

July 23, 2015

Quick Spin: Kenworth's Icon 900

Kenworth’s bold and unapologetic limited-edition “large car” doesn’t disappoint.

June 24, 2015

QuickSpin: Freightliner 122SD 8x8 Extreme Heavy-Haul

Freightliner can build its 122SD heavy-haul vocational chassis into any number of extreme configurations, but this oil-field hauler is one to be reckoned with. This truck lives for roads that would break your average highway hauler in half.

June 22, 2015

Test Drive: Volvo's VHD Tractor for On- or Off-Road

Volvo Heavy Duty model has its own styling and extra-strong specs, but retains most of the comfort of better-known VN road tractors.

June 3, 2015

Focus On... Kenworth ICON 900 [Video]

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the W900 model, Kenworth has done up a special edition called the Icon 900. Equipment Editor Jim Park got a ride in the Icon 900 at an editor ride-and-drive event help in Chillicothe, Ohio, the home of one of Kenworth's manufacturing facilities.

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